Edward M Marshall


Adjunct Professor in the Engineering Graduate and Professional Programs

Edward Marshall's career has focused on leadership development and education, executive coaching, and consulting, helping corporations transform their leadership cultures. He is Founder and Managing Partner of The Marshall Group, LLC, a collaborative leadership and change consulting firm, based in Chapel Hill, N.C., that helps leaders create collaborative leadership cultures for sustainable business results. He has worked with C-suite executives at Fortune 500 companies like Microsoft, DuPont, Nationwide Financial, VMware, IBM, Philips, and Marriott, as well as leadership of mid-sized firms as a coach, consultant, and change facilitator. His work has taken him beyond North America to clients in South Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Europe.

Edward is best known for the development of the award-winning, best practice Collaborative Methodâ„¢ that is a suite of services enabling organizations to apply collaborative principles and practices at the organization, team, and individual leader levels. This methodology won the Excellence in Organization Development Award from the American Society for Training and Development. In 2015, he was recognized by Trust Across America with a Lifetime Achievement Award as a Trust Thought Leader.

As a pioneer and leader in the field of collaborative leadership and cultural transformation, Edward has authored two best-selling business books, Transforming the Way We Work: The Power of the Collaborative Workplace, and Building Trust at the Speed of Change, has been a contributing author for four other books on trust and culture change, and since 1997 has been a nationally syndicated author of the In the Workplace column for American Cities Business Journals. His third book on collaborative leadership is in development.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Adjunct Professor in the Engineering Graduate and Professional Programs

Contact Information


  • Ph.D. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1975

Research Interests

Collaborative leadership in the 21st century. I am publishing a textbook on the topic in August, 2020,
entitled: The New Age of Collaboration: Leadership for the 21st Century

Climate change leadership, especially global leadership, policy, and adaptation

Collaborative Teams and how they operate

Courses Taught

  • MENG 540: Management of High Tech Industries
  • EGRMGMT 540: Management of High Tech Industries

Representative Publications

  • Marshall, EM, Building Trust at the Speed of Change The Power of the Relationship-based Corporation (2000) [abs].
  • Marshall, EM, Transforming the way we work the power of the collaborative workplace (1995) [abs].